TORONTO - Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson certainly had a lot to say about the draft’s first round.
After telling the media he loved the selection of Clemson running back C.J. Spiller: “We’ve been dull for 10 years … no excitement. We’ve got to create some excitement,” Wilson turned his attention to Denver’s shocking selection of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow with the 25th pick of the first round.
“Denver panicked,’’ Wilson said. “He’s a good player but we had no interest in taking Tebow. We were not moving up to take Tebow.”
Another old-timer owner, Dallas’ Jerry Jones, had some odd comments about his new wide receiver, the often tardy Dez Bryant of Oklahoma State.
“We had a president that couldn’t get there on time a lot, Bill Clinton,” Jones said.
“But boy, when he got there, he brought the wood.”
It’s unclear if Jones realized the hilarity of the statement.
Staying on the topic of Bryant. ESPN Dallas reported Friday that Bryant was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat at the scouting combine in February.
“All of our doctors reviewed that and it’s just not something we were concerned about,” Jones told ESPN. “As a matter of fact, in visiting with experts in that area ... it isn’t and it wouldn’t have a negative impact on his ability to be a ball player or affect his ability to have a normal life.”
Bucs love the tackles
Football experts often advise not to take defensive tackles early because other positions are more valuable but they went 2-3 in the first round and Tampa Bay, after taking Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy No. 3 overall, opted for another DT, UCLA’s Brian Price with the 35th pick.
In the first two rounds, eight defensive tackles were picked.
Many considered Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski a first round talent but a back injury cost him his 2009 season.
As a result, he fell to the Patriots in the second round. Gronkowski had no problems with where he ended up.
“One of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time (Tom Brady) is going to be throwing me the ball. This is the best moment of my life,” Gronkowski said of potentially becoming a new target for Tom Brady.
Gronkowski also mugged for the cameras going head-to-head – helmet-to-helmet actually, with his brother, Detroit Lions tight end Dan Gronkowski
ESPN and the NFL cashed in with their decision to move the draft to prime time.
Ratings were up 23% from 2009.
ESPN had a 5.3 rating and 7.2 million viewers for the first round, making it the fifth-most-watched cable program in the U.S. this year.
The Florida connection
An interesting moment came late in the second round.
Both of Florida’s starting defensive ends – Jermaine Cunningham and Carlos Dunlap went back-to-back (to New England and Cincinnati, respectively).